Kuan Yin is the Chinese Goddess of Compassion and Mercy. She is Love in Goddess form. Chanting Her mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” brings calm, healing, and an incredible unfolding of the heart chakra. This unfolding not only expands our capacity for love of others but (oh so importantly) love of ourselves. Kuan Yin is a Goddess that can be approached anytime and for any reason. Her mantras can be listened to or chanted daily even hourly. When I need calm, I turn to this mantra and play it while I am working and writing.
“There is not a single aspect of the eighty-four thousand sections of the Buddha’s teachings which is not contained in Avalokiteshvara’s six syllable mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum”, and as such the qualities of the “mani” are praised again and again in the Sutras and Tantras…. Whether happy or sad, if we take the “mani” as our refuge… spontaneous devotion will arise in our minds and the Great Vehicle will effortlessly be realized.” – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
OM MANI PADME HUM
Translation: The Jewel is in the Heart of the Lotus or The Jewel of Consciousness has reached the Heart’s Lotus
OM: Seed sound of the Universe
MANI: Jewel – the intention to become enlightened, filled with compassion and love
PADME: Lotus – symbolizing wisdom and how the lotus grows from the mud but is not tarnished by the mud
HUM: representing the immoveable, the indivisible
- Image of Kuan Yin – printed or statue (She can frequently be found at Home Goods and Ross – no kidding)
- Small bowl of water
- White or yellow candles
- Sweet-smelling incense – sometimes you can even find Kuan Yin incense
- Vase with willow branches or peacock feathers
- Flowers – I have found that She likes orchids and lilies but go with your intuition
- Rosary or Mala (some images have Her holding one)
- Colors are white or yellow, soft pastels, or sea blues
Meditation for Kuan Yin – allow for at least 30 minutes
Get into a comfortable seated postition with your back nice and straight. Deep breathe for several minutes. As you being to relax, either begin to chant the mantra (108 times) or play one of the following:
Visualize the lotus in your heart chakra slowly and gently opening … unfolding. Allow the mantra to sink into your chakra.
The more that you listen, the more effective the mantra is. Even being in the presence of the chanting of this mantra that has been chanted millions of times through hundreds of years is powerful. After some time, sing with the music. Chant it. Practice chanting it yourself. If you are in a stressful situation, step back and repeat it even in your head to feel the benefits.
Use the mantra and the music in your daily meditations for the next few days. Notice how you respond and how it makes you feel.
Kuan Yin is not only the nicest Goddess that I know, She is the most accessible.
If you would like to learn more about Kuan Yin, please join the self-paced online course Kwan Yin Revealed: Exploring and Becoming the Goddess of Compassion by Sandy Boucher and Kimberly Moore